Martin Caplan, 73, singer, owned cleaning agencyMartin L...

April 26, 1999

Martin Caplan, 73, singer, owned cleaning agency

Martin L. Caplan, owner of a Baltimore employment and cleaning services agency and a singer, died of cancer Wednesday at Gilchrist Center for Hospice Care. The Bolton Hill resident was 73.

Mr. Caplan was president and owner of A-1 Household Service Inc., a business he established in 1964. Earlier, he had worked for his father's real estate management firm.

He performed for years on stage at Bolton Hill Dinner Theater and in the Paint and Powder Club's annual productions. He also sang with the Baltimore Opera Company chorus, and entertained in nursing homes and at weddings and family parties.

This year, Mr. Caplan performed in the intensive care unit at Sinai Hospital after undergoing brain surgery for cancer, family members said.

A bass-baritone, he favored Frank Sinatra songs and Broadway repertoire.

Born and raised in Mount Washington, he was a graduate of Forest Park High School and earned his bachelor's degree from the University of Maryland, College Park. He served in Europe with the Army during the final days of World War II.

A memorial service was held yesterday at Baltimore Hebrew Congregation, where he was a member and sang regularly.

Survivors include his wife, the former Joan Axe, whom he married in 1952; a son, Leigh Caplan of Mount Washington; two daughters, Lori Eber of Owings Mills and Martha Caplan of Chicago; a sister, Dolly Grunberg of St. Petersburg, Fla.; and four grandchildren.

Edward A. Spangenberg, 79, Westinghouse supervisor

Edward A. Spangenberg, a retired Westinghouse Electric Corp. quality-control supervisor, died of cancer Thursday at a hospital in Sarasota, Fla. He was 79.

A Baltimore native and 1937 graduate of Mergenthaler Vocational-Technical High School, Mr. Spangenberg attended the old Maryland Institute of Mechanical Drawing, family members said.

Mr. Spangenberg worked as an aircraft mechanic for Glenn L. Martin Co. and served in the Army during World War II. Later, he earned an associate's degree in quality control from Catonsville Community College.

He worked for Westinghouse in the Baltimore area from 1965 until retiring in 1985, and moved to Sarasota, Fla. Services were to be held there at 9: 30 a.m. today at the Church of the Incarnation.

Mr. Spangenberg is survived by his wife, the former Doris Seaver, whom he married in 1946; a son, Edward Spangenberg of Baltimore; a daughter, Sharon Spangenberg of Catonsville; and a sister, Ruth Matiaz of Baltimore.

Maynard Spedden Sr., 73, tenor-soloist, accountant

Maynard Spedden Sr., a retired tenor-soloist who sang in area churches and synagogues for more than four decades, died of cancer Friday at Gilchrist Center for Hospice Care. He was 73 and lived near Randallstown.

He was the tenor-soloist at Roland Park Presbyterian Church for 34 years, beginning in 1952. He also sang with the Oheb Shalom Octet from 1959 until going into semiretirement in 1995.

In addition to singing, Mr. Spedden worked for 15 years as a material accountant for London Fog. He retired in 1990. Earlier, he had worked in the advertising department of Coca-Cola Co. in Baltimore and was night manager of Wilton Dairy in Catonsville.

Born and raised in West Baltimore, he was a 1942 City College graduate and studied violin and voice at Peabody Conservatory of Music.

During the 1940s and 1950s, he sang on AM radio station WFBR and with the Municipal Park Band. He also sang for many years with Baltimore Civic Opera Company, Handel Choir, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and Baltimore Choral Society.

Services will be held at 2 p.m. today at Arlington Baptist Church, 3030 N. Rolling Road.

He is survived by his wife of 22 years, the former Mary Shank; a son, Maynard Spedden Jr. of Gloucester, Va.; a daughter, Terece Carter of Westminster; and four grandchildren.

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